5th Sunday after Pentecost
July 01, 2012
Welcome one and all to Claude Church
Thank you for joining us in worship today. At the close of the service this morning we invite you to stay and join us in the Sunday School hall for fellowship and refreshments.
If you are visiting us for the first time today, please sign our guest book in the front entrance vestibule. If you are looking for a church home, we invite you to consider worshipping with us on a regular basis.
Up-Coming Events at Claude
Adult Bible Study
Bible Study meetings have been suspended for the summer months and will resume again in September.
Annual Church Family Picnic
We usually have our annual outdoor worship service and Church Family Picnic at the end of June but this year we have moved the date to Sunday July 8th at 10:30 am. This year we will be gathering at Helen and John Mason’s barn at 14650 Heart Lake Road. It is going to be a pot-luck meal so pack a lunch and bring your chairs and we’ll all have fun in the barn – rain or shine.
Please remember to include the following in your daily prayers throughout the coming week.
SUNDAY, JULY 1 - Canada Day
Praise God for the blessings of life and ministry within Canada on this 145th anniversary of confederation.
MONDAY, JULY 2
Pray for the Youth in Mission participants who are taking part in the Sabeel Youth Conference in Israel/Palestine.
TUESDAY, JULY 3
Pray for the participants and leaders of the Mission Track at Canada Youth 2012, that a seed for God’s mission will be planted in each person’s heart.
WEDNESDAY, JULY 4
Pray for ministry students serving summer terms in rural and remote regions across Canada. May they be encouraged in their ministry and be a blessing to their ongregations.
THURSDAY, JULY 5
Pray for children and young adults at camp, and for the counsellors and camp staff who ensure their safety and provide nurture and care.
FRIDAY, JULY 6
Pray for the lifting of barriers that keep children and members of their family from rising out of poverty.
SATURDAY, JULY 7
Pray for safe travel for Anne Saunders and The Rev. Gordon Timbers, this year’s volunteers to the Amity Summer English Program in China.
PWS&D Loves Pennies
We’ve been asking you recently to collect your old Canadian pennies and fill up a coin box for PWS&D. If you did take a box and you haven’t returned it yet we’d appreciate it if you would do so as soon as possible. We are anxious to forward the pennies to PWS&D.
All coins collected through this project will be used by PWS&D for its programs around the world. Every bit counts, and when pennies are collected from across the country, they can make a real difference in the lives of others.
They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life. 1 Timothy 6:18-19 NRSV
TAIWAN – Sharing mission stories
Our gifts to Presbyterians Sharing support Louise Gamble as she works at Tam Kang High School in Taiwan. Besides teaching English, Louise has been busy transcribing, checking and proofreading the original documents of the North Taiwan Mission (1968-1923). The documents will be published in two sections. The first, which is set for publication in June 2012, focuses on the life of George Leslie MacKay, a Canadian missionary, from 1868-1923. The second, which focuses on the establishment of the church in Taiwan, will be published in 2013. Pray for Louise as she continues this important ministry.
Going Rural: The Power of a Growing Project
Written by Emily Vandermeer, PWS&D Communications Assistant
It was a bright and hot morning on Friday, June 22 when I was part of a group of communicators from Canadian Foodgrains Bank (CFGB) member agencies journeying across rural southern Ontario. Our mission—to learn more about the impact of growing projects and what inspires individuals, congregations, businesses and communities to donate their time, land and resources to help end global hunger.
What is a Growing Project?
Growing projects typically involve a group of people working together to farm a common plot of land that will be harvested and the proceeds donated for overseas food aid and agricultural development projects through CFGB and its member agencies.
Growing Soybeans and Support
Our first stop was Knox Presbyterian Church in Kirkwall where we met with members from several growing projects in the area.
As we approached the church, I could smell the wonderful aroma of onions cooking and we were informed that the women’s group was preparing for an upcoming BBQ and strawberry social fundraiser—one of two annual fundraisers that support the congregation’s growing project.
The project, which began in 1994, uses a donated plot of land to grow soybeans and wheat and has raised over $90,000 to date. Ivan McPhail, project coordinator for Knox PC, gratefully acknowledges that the church has been able to cover its expenses through fundraisers, along with assistance from four Hamilton area churches.
Much Has Been Given
On the next leg of trip, we visited Larry and Marg Dyck in Beamsville. They have been strong CFGB advocates for 16 years and are currently donating 90 acres of their land to three growing projects supported by Trinity United, Smithville United and Silver Spire United churches. On the donated land they are growing wheat, corn and soybeans.
When asked what motivates them to continue working with CFGB and contributing such a large amount of land, Larry and Marg reminded us that to those who have been given much, much is required. They also credit the positive support of suppliers who donated seeds and fertilizer without hesitation.
The Next Generation
Growing projects are also being used to help youth understand the importance of development work and learn about sustainable farming.
In Walkerton, Len Kraemer grows pumpkins on two acres of donated land. “The pumpkins have been very beneficial,” he said. Each year the harvest brings in between $2,000 and $3,000 for CFGB. Since beginning the project in 1998, the project has passed the $2 million mark.
A teacher, Len involves his classes in the planting and harvesting of crops. “I have heard two kids saying ‘you know what, it feels really good to reach out and feed the hungry.’”
The Impact of a Growing Project
So what did I learn by “going rural?” I found a deep generosity and unwavering commitment by many to help other people in need. I learned that growing projects are the accomplishments of individuals, congregations, communities, landowners and suppliers, all working together with the common goal of ending hunger.
Thanks to this support from Canada, families in impoverished communities around the world are journeying towards food security, ensuring there is food for today and tomorrow.
Go out into the world in peace.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart,
And with all your soul, and with all your mind.
This is the first and greatest commandment.
(from 1 John 3:22,23)